Nurse Job Description

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Broad Function

The primary purpose of this position is to plan, implement and evaluate health and personal care services for RPH residents in accordance with current federal, state and local standards and regulations to assure that the physical, emotional and social needs of the residents are maintained on an individual basis.

The NURSE serves as a member of the interdisciplinary team and is specifically trained in the supportive care of persons with dementia, and other age-related diagnoses.

Essential Functions

Administrative Functions

  1. Implement and evaluate the delivery of health services to residents.
  2. Develop, implement, coordinate and review department policies and procedures as requested.
  3. Keep abreast of current federal and state regulations and assure continue compliance.
  4. Interview and screen residents for admission, as requested.
  5. Participate as an advocate for residents, coordinating and linking all aspects of their care with the facility case manager.
  6. Engage resident/family in program planning when possible.
  7. Function as an advocate for residents, coordinating and linking all aspects of their care with the facility case manager.
  8. Arrange transportation, and schedule medical appointments for residents, as needed.
  9. Delegate authority, responsibility and accountability to other responsible departmental personnel, then continue to follow up.
  10. Standardize methods in which work will be accomplished.
  11. Keep abreast of economic constraints and occupancy rates and recommend adjustments as necessary.
  12. Implement ongoing Quality Assurance Practices as requested.
  13. Participate in survey (inspections) made by authorized government agencies.
  14. Assure that resident progress notes are informative and descriptive of services provided and of the resident’s response to the service.
  15. Provide communication and work closely with attending physicians and agency nurses that provide us with additional, supportive services. Provide written and/or oral reports of the Personal Care Department activities as required.
  16. Schedule and facilitate meetings and assure communication between all Personal Care staff.

Personnel Functions

  1. Develop and maintain a cooperative, productive working relationship with other departments.
  2. Make daily rounds to assure Resident Assistants are performing at their optimal level.
  3. Create and maintain an atmosphere of warm, personal interest and positive emphasis, as well as a calm environment throughout the facility.
  4. Attend and participate in continuing educational programs designed to keep you abreast of changes in your profession.
  5. Assist in recruitment and selection of competent Personal Care staff and provide coaching and disciplinary counseling as needed.
  6. Assure adequate staff coverage is available at all times.

Safety and Sanitation

  1. Continually assure compliance with safety standards for the department.
  2. Insure that all work areas are kept in a clean safe sanitary state.
  3. Assure that resident rooms are clean and neat, and comply with DSS Environmental standards.

Care Plan and Assessment

  1. Participate in the development of a written care plan for each resident, and provide cue cards or task assignments.
  2. Participate in interdisciplinary meetings to evaluate residents’ needs and progress.
  3. Ensure that Resident Assistants are aware of each resident’s care plans and that these are used to provide daily care.
  4. Supervise and assist with residents’ medication management in compliance with DSS regulations.
  5. Assess resident needs and access appropriate medical services as indicated, including physical therapy, ophthalmologic, dental, podiatry, auditory, and psychiatric needs.

Resident Rights

  1. Maintain the confidentiality of all resident care information.
  2. Ensure that all Resident Assistants know and respect Resident Rights.
  3. Review complaints and grievances made by resident or families and make a written report or corrective plan.
  4. Treat all residents with kindness, dignity and respect.
  5. Knock before entering a resident’s room.


  1. Assist in planning and implementing daily activities programs as requested.
  2. Participate in “community” activities as needed.
  3. Assist with resident care giving as necessary.
  4. Dine with residents at mealtimes as requested.
  5. Others as deemed necessary and appropriate, or as may be directed by the Administrator.


  1. Project a positive attitude; demonstrate energy and enthusiasm in pursuing primary responsibilities.
  2. Work alongside staff; praise and recognize their efforts.
  3. Provide challenge for staff to enable and empower.
  4. Initiate cooperative programs with other disciplines and foster unified interpersonal relationships.
  5. Develop and implement effective communication systems between staff; foster positive interpersonal relationships.
  6. Provide support and counseling to staff as needed.
  7. Demonstrate maturity and professionalism and establish a good working rapport with staff, residents and families.
  8. Expect and demand positive staff/resident interactions.
  9. Be prepared to handle emergencies as they arise and take on-call responsibility as assigned.

Working Conditions

  1. Work in well-lighted and ventilated areas of the facility.
  2. Sits, stands, bends, lifts and moves intermittently during work hours.
  3. Is subject to frequent interruptions.
  4. Must have an understanding of the social, psychological and recreational needs of the aged.
  5. Is subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, personnel and visitors.
  6. Is subject to exposure to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc., including AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses.
  7. Communicates with nursing personnel and other department personnel.
  8. Maintains a liaison with residents, their families, etc.


  1. Must have a current New York State License as a Licensed Practical or Registered Nurse.
  2. Must understand and adhere to the code for NURSE’s of standards for ethical practice and conduct (attached) and practice under the scope authorized by the NURSE License.

Specific Requirements

  1. Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language in a legible and understandable manner.
  2. Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action in a timely manner.
  3. Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel; residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel, and the general public.
  4. Must possess leadership and supervisory ability and the willingness to work harmoniously with other department personnel and supervise non-professional personnel.
  5. Must possess the ability to resolve problems that arise such as mistakes, costly waste of supplies, misuse of equipment, settling grievances, etc.
  6. Must possess the ability to preserve the dignity and self-image of the resident, in their presence, regardless of their condition.
  7. Must have patience, tact, a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm, as well as the willingness to handle difficult residents.
  8. Must be able to relate information concerning a resident’s condition.

Physical & Sensory Requirements – With or Without the Aid of Mechanical Devices.

  1. Must be able to move intermittently throughout the workday.
  2. Must be able to speak and write the English language in an understandable manner.
  3. Must be able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position.
  4. Must be able to see and hear or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately to assure that the requirements of this position can be fully met.
  5. Must function independently and have flexibility, personal integrity, and the ability to work effectively with residents, personnel, and support agencies.
  6. Must be in good general health and demonstrate emotional stability.
  7. Must be able to relate to and work with the ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset, and, at times, hostile people within the facility.
  8. Must be able to lift, push, pull and move a minimum of 50 pounds. If ever out with back injury, when returning to work, wear a Back Belt while on duty.
  9. Must be able to assist in the evacuation of residents